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ID number:  BIRRC-A1099
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Schwarz, Hans
Title / Object name:  Lena Reading
Object type:  Painting
Date made:  2000
Materials:  Acrylic on board
Measurements:  83 x 122 cm

Lena Schwarz trained as a teacher at the University of Birmingham and taught in Birmingham primary schools before the birth of their first child, Stephen.
From the moment Schwarz first laid eyes on her, Lena Jones, his future wife, occupied his heart and his sketchbooks. “When I first noticed her on a tram in Birmingham, she looked great.” He continued to paint her up until his death and said “I find it hard to see her as an old lady.”

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